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Steven Spence

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nerdy; stargazer; legend in my own mind; wannabe photographer, may post occasional spider pictures - you have been warned!

Occupation: IT Manager

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2017-01-21 07:19:49 (103 comments; 27 reshares; 606 +1s; )Open 

Lynx Hunting

Now this photo isn't as true to what I saw as the ones I normally post. Why not? Well, it was late in the day and in the shadows, so I had to adjust color temperatures and boost it quite a bit.

I couldn't see the directly see and photograph the intended prey as it was behind a wall and a tree but I'm pretty sure it was a bird and the lynx missed because a bird rocketed away.

Have a great #Caturday! I've got some work today but hopefully not too long. If all goes smoothly maybe only 2-3 hours tops. If not then it may be a long weekend.

Most reshares: 27

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2017-02-05 09:37:24 (46 comments; 27 reshares; 481 +1s; )Open 

Superb Owl Day

Thanks to a friend for alerting me about today. I think this is a pretty darn superb specimen.

Enjoy your day and celebration of owls! Athena would be pleased. I certainly am.


h/t +Sandy B

Most plusones: 683

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2017-01-14 10:13:37 (89 comments; 27 reshares; 683 +1s; )Open 

It's That Day Again

It gets dark early here in the winter which is why this is not a bright photo of the lynx. I was still pleased to get it. I find it so intriguing how their ear tufts touch. I'm going to have to find some time to read about their function.

Happy #Caturday  !

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2017-02-26 13:27:15 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Our bed and breakfast. Quaint little farm, charming atmosphere, and friendly hosts. Near Lempäälä, Finland. 

Our bed and breakfast. Quaint little farm, charming atmosphere, and friendly hosts. Near Lempäälä, Finland. ___

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2017-02-25 12:01:32 (28 comments; 0 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

Getting ready for the wedding.

Getting ready for the wedding.___

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2017-02-25 00:02:52 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 86 +1s; )Open 

Earlier this evening. Pretty neat what you can do with a smartphone.

Earlier this evening. Pretty neat what you can do with a smartphone.___

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2017-02-23 23:17:45 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

The thrust exit velocity for the best chemical rocket engine is about 5 km/s. For the VASIMR rocket, the exit velocity is closer to 50 km/s. If your material is exiting 10 times faster, you have to expend 10 times less of it for the same thrust.

It's exciting to imagine the possibilities of this engine if paired with a suitable power supply in orbit. 

The thrust exit velocity for the best chemical rocket engine is about 5 km/s. For the VASIMR rocket, the exit velocity is closer to 50 km/s. If your material is exiting 10 times faster, you have to expend 10 times less of it for the same thrust.

It's exciting to imagine the possibilities of this engine if paired with a suitable power supply in orbit. ___

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2017-02-22 21:32:58 (13 comments; 7 reshares; 139 +1s; )Open 

How I Accidentally Stumbled into Writing about Science and Learned to Love It.

One of the nicest and certainly unanticipated benefits of occasionally writing a short article was that I've gotten to know or even collaborate with some exceptional individuals:

+John Kimbler with unbelievable photos of bees,
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/08/parasitic-bees-natural-born-robbers/

+Don Komarechka and his world-class snowflake photography,
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/06/photographing-snowflakes/

+Yvi San and her gorgeous butterflies
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/08/life-cycle-pipevine-swallowtail-butterfly/

Those are just a few examples of the many talented people my accidental journey has allowed me to meet (at least virtually). It has been very fulfilling and there is so much more to learn about! I hope some of you will... more »

How I Accidentally Stumbled into Writing about Science and Learned to Love It.

One of the nicest and certainly unanticipated benefits of occasionally writing a short article was that I've gotten to know or even collaborate with some exceptional individuals:

+John Kimbler with unbelievable photos of bees,
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/08/parasitic-bees-natural-born-robbers/

+Don Komarechka and his world-class snowflake photography,
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/06/photographing-snowflakes/

+Yvi San and her gorgeous butterflies
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/08/life-cycle-pipevine-swallowtail-butterfly/

Those are just a few examples of the many talented people my accidental journey has allowed me to meet (at least virtually). It has been very fulfilling and there is so much more to learn about! I hope some of you will perhaps also write about science topics, draw, paint or photograph nature and share here on GPlus. You never know where a few posts might take you!

___

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2017-02-20 20:59:28 (14 comments; 5 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

Dr. Trinastic starts a series examining science policy. The first part looks at how rising sea levels affect coastal populations.

Dr. Trinastic starts a series examining science policy. The first part looks at how rising sea levels affect coastal populations.___

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2017-02-19 16:19:31 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

World's Oldest Cat?

I haven't fact checked it but is it really necessary? It's about a cat. I want to believe this story.


http://shareably.net/31-year-old-cat/?llid=X7yLW&utm_source=lsocial&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=9XxW

World's Oldest Cat?

I haven't fact checked it but is it really necessary? It's about a cat. I want to believe this story.


http://shareably.net/31-year-old-cat/?llid=X7yLW&utm_source=lsocial&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=9XxW___

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2017-02-19 15:24:05 (10 comments; 5 reshares; 93 +1s; )Open 

Art Matters

early results indicate that artistic depictions are substantially more influential than text

While scientists may not show a particular interest in how a fossil is depicted, the artist's interpretation is often what most people remember.

Darren Naish examines some paleoart memes that persisted for decades. 

Art Matters

early results indicate that artistic depictions are substantially more influential than text

While scientists may not show a particular interest in how a fossil is depicted, the artist's interpretation is often what most people remember.

Darren Naish examines some paleoart memes that persisted for decades. ___

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2017-02-19 11:24:38 (29 comments; 13 reshares; 387 +1s; )Open 

Shadow

Everyone knew there were wolves in the mountains, but they seldom came near the village - the modern wolves were the offspring of ancestors that had survived because they had learned that human meat had sharp edges. (Terry Pratchett)

I've been busy and couldn't do any photography for a while. This is a photo from early January. I really admire wolves (well, I find something beautiful and admirable in most animals). This isn't a direwolf like in Game of Thrones but if it were mine I would call it Shadow. For the curious: it's a Canadian timber wolf in the Wildpark at Bad Mergentheim. 

Shadow

Everyone knew there were wolves in the mountains, but they seldom came near the village - the modern wolves were the offspring of ancestors that had survived because they had learned that human meat had sharp edges. (Terry Pratchett)

I've been busy and couldn't do any photography for a while. This is a photo from early January. I really admire wolves (well, I find something beautiful and admirable in most animals). This isn't a direwolf like in Game of Thrones but if it were mine I would call it Shadow. For the curious: it's a Canadian timber wolf in the Wildpark at Bad Mergentheim. ___

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2017-02-14 20:16:50 (26 comments; 6 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

“People are not stupid. They believe things for reasons. The last way for skeptics to get the attention of bright, curious, intelligent people is to belittle or condescend or to show arrogance toward their beliefs.”
—Carl Sagan

This book walks the talk. The authors address young-Earth scientists respectfully while establishing a solid refutation of a "young-Earth" (6000 years old). It's a very illuminating read. I learned more about multiple subjects that I understood in general but never took time to look at in detail. The book is edited so that each of the chapters and ideas addressed come together to build a structure that is far more than the sum of its parts.

One of my highlights was the section discussing "what is a bird?" and "what is a dinosaur?". +Emily Willoughby 's artwork accompanies the chapter and definitely is somethingyou wo... more »

“People are not stupid. They believe things for reasons. The last way for skeptics to get the attention of bright, curious, intelligent people is to belittle or condescend or to show arrogance toward their beliefs.”
—Carl Sagan

This book walks the talk. The authors address young-Earth scientists respectfully while establishing a solid refutation of a "young-Earth" (6000 years old). It's a very illuminating read. I learned more about multiple subjects that I understood in general but never took time to look at in detail. The book is edited so that each of the chapters and ideas addressed come together to build a structure that is far more than the sum of its parts.

One of my highlights was the section discussing "what is a bird?" and "what is a dinosaur?". +Emily Willoughby 's artwork accompanies the chapter and definitely is something you won't want to miss.

There's more in the review on +GotScience.org !___

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2017-02-07 20:31:07 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

An interview in +The Guardian by one of my favorite authors.

"Ragnarök", as Gaiman writes in Norse Mythology , is of course “the end” of something. “But there is also what will come after the end,” he adds. In his version the sun comes out. Something glitters in the grass. The gods’ children find a set of golden chess pieces waiting for them. They arrange them on a board, and then one of them makes a move. “And,” Gaiman concludes, “the game begins anew.”

An interview in +The Guardian by one of my favorite authors.

"Ragnarök", as Gaiman writes in Norse Mythology , is of course “the end” of something. “But there is also what will come after the end,” he adds. In his version the sun comes out. Something glitters in the grass. The gods’ children find a set of golden chess pieces waiting for them. They arrange them on a board, and then one of them makes a move. “And,” Gaiman concludes, “the game begins anew.”___

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2017-02-07 18:10:04 (18 comments; 7 reshares; 171 +1s; )Open 

Unusual Encounter

This is one of the stranger interspecies interactions that I have seen. I witnessed a wolf attack a crow. So did the wolfpack and a very vocal murder of crows. It was over within seconds and spoiler no animal died.

These are the photos I mentioned in January, but simply posting photos on social media without context doesn't really convey what happened. Thanks to the team at +GotScience.org for running the photos as a story.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Unusual Encounter

This is one of the stranger interspecies interactions that I have seen. I witnessed a wolf attack a crow. So did the wolfpack and a very vocal murder of crows. It was over within seconds and spoiler no animal died.

These are the photos I mentioned in January, but simply posting photos on social media without context doesn't really convey what happened. Thanks to the team at +GotScience.org for running the photos as a story.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.___

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2017-02-06 19:50:31 (13 comments; 18 reshares; 108 +1s; )Open 

Viruses have two methods of taking over cells and replicating. Researchers have found that they communicate with each other to switch to the second method and exercise "birth control". This allows them to survive because the host survives.

Viruses have two methods of taking over cells and replicating. Researchers have found that they communicate with each other to switch to the second method and exercise "birth control". This allows them to survive because the host survives.___

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2017-02-05 09:51:49 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 114 +1s; )Open 

Not just Owls - Falcons too!

Apparently today is also a big day for Falcons.



Not just Owls - Falcons too!

Apparently today is also a big day for Falcons.

___

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2017-02-05 09:37:55 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 86 +1s; )Open 

Definitely belongs with the raptors.

Superb Owl Day

Thanks to a friend for alerting me about today. I think this is a pretty darn superb specimen.

Enjoy your day and celebration of owls! Athena would be pleased. I certainly am.


h/t +Sandy B___Definitely belongs with the raptors.

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2017-02-05 09:37:24 (46 comments; 27 reshares; 481 +1s; )Open 

Superb Owl Day

Thanks to a friend for alerting me about today. I think this is a pretty darn superb specimen.

Enjoy your day and celebration of owls! Athena would be pleased. I certainly am.


h/t +Sandy B

Superb Owl Day

Thanks to a friend for alerting me about today. I think this is a pretty darn superb specimen.

Enjoy your day and celebration of owls! Athena would be pleased. I certainly am.


h/t +Sandy B___

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2017-02-04 11:58:35 (34 comments; 10 reshares; 360 +1s; )Open 

Sleepy Saturday

The fox and I both feel like going back to sleep for a few more hours.

Have a relaxing weekend!



Sleepy Saturday

The fox and I both feel like going back to sleep for a few more hours.

Have a relaxing weekend!

___

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2017-02-02 22:59:50 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Slipstream

inspired by Kate Tempest. And before anyone asks, yes, I intended it to be fragmented.


Sleep like a gloved hand covers our eyes
The lights are so nice and bright and let's dream
But some of us are stuck like stones in a slipstream
What am I gonna do to wake up?
(from "Europe is Lost" on the album "Let Them Eat Chaos", Kate Tempest )

Slipstream

inspired by Kate Tempest. And before anyone asks, yes, I intended it to be fragmented.


Sleep like a gloved hand covers our eyes
The lights are so nice and bright and let's dream
But some of us are stuck like stones in a slipstream
What am I gonna do to wake up?
(from "Europe is Lost" on the album "Let Them Eat Chaos", Kate Tempest )___

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2017-02-02 22:55:58 (9 comments; 6 reshares; 278 +1s; )Open 

a beautiful picture of Southern sea otters by +Monterey Bay Aquarium

A raft of Southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) resting in Elkhorn Slough ___a beautiful picture of Southern sea otters by +Monterey Bay Aquarium

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2017-02-01 21:03:56 (15 comments; 9 reshares; 162 +1s; )Open 

These new insights into shark genes and immune systems may be only the tip of the iceberg. Time will tell what else sharks have to teach us.

Sharks are fascinating: successful predators for hundreds of millions of years, gifted with excellent immune systems, sleek, and blessed with a bountiful supply of teeth. There are a lot of positives going for them. Maybe we can learn some of their secrets.

+GotScience.org  +Kate Stone 

These new insights into shark genes and immune systems may be only the tip of the iceberg. Time will tell what else sharks have to teach us.

Sharks are fascinating: successful predators for hundreds of millions of years, gifted with excellent immune systems, sleek, and blessed with a bountiful supply of teeth. There are a lot of positives going for them. Maybe we can learn some of their secrets.

+GotScience.org  +Kate Stone ___

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2017-02-01 18:05:44 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 50 +1s; )Open 

Cute Video

Sometimes the smart bird lets the farmer get the worm for them. Here's a video of a smart little bird.

Cute Video

Sometimes the smart bird lets the farmer get the worm for them. Here's a video of a smart little bird.___

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2017-01-31 21:18:40 (52 comments; 11 reshares; 353 +1s; )Open 

Portrait of a Wolf

I enjoy watching these animals. It's easy to see the relationship with our canine friends, but wolves are something more. They are fierce, alert, and independent. A true pleasure to observe from a safe vantage point. 

Portrait of a Wolf

I enjoy watching these animals. It's easy to see the relationship with our canine friends, but wolves are something more. They are fierce, alert, and independent. A true pleasure to observe from a safe vantage point. ___

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2017-01-29 21:22:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Resharing to "Public" as well.

Day 10

“... In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. ...”

- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

#resist #NewDarkAge___Resharing to "Public" as well.

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2017-01-29 21:20:18 (13 comments; 8 reshares; 162 +1s; )Open 

Day 10

“... In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. ...”

- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

#resist #NewDarkAge

Day 10

“... In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. ...”

- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

#resist #NewDarkAge___

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2017-01-28 15:24:27 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Chase!

More fun on the ice today.

Maybe I'll go to the lake tonight too. I'm afraid it will soon start to thaw. It's been a good ~2 weeks or so where the ice was thick enough for people (although the city was slow to give the official "ok"). We may be getting a change in the weather though, so it might not be thick enough to be safe by next weekend. 

Chase!

More fun on the ice today.

Maybe I'll go to the lake tonight too. I'm afraid it will soon start to thaw. It's been a good ~2 weeks or so where the ice was thick enough for people (although the city was slow to give the official "ok"). We may be getting a change in the weather though, so it might not be thick enough to be safe by next weekend. ___

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2017-01-28 15:12:29 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Sunny Winter Day

Everyone was happy today. Folks came up and talked to me everywhere I went. I guess it was the good weather that made people so friendly.

I especially enjoyed watching a small group playing ice hockey on our lake.

Photo: I just had my "walkabout" (EF-S 15-85mm) lens but better than nothing, right? 

Sunny Winter Day

Everyone was happy today. Folks came up and talked to me everywhere I went. I guess it was the good weather that made people so friendly.

I especially enjoyed watching a small group playing ice hockey on our lake.

Photo: I just had my "walkabout" (EF-S 15-85mm) lens but better than nothing, right? ___

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2017-01-28 14:49:44 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 140 +1s; )Open 

Iced Ducks

Despite being ducks out of water this pair didn't seem to mind the ice at all.



Iced Ducks

Despite being ducks out of water this pair didn't seem to mind the ice at all.

___

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2017-01-28 09:37:57 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. - Camus

Ginger is pensive this #Caturday.

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. - Camus

Ginger is pensive this #Caturday.___

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2017-01-25 22:17:20 (18 comments; 8 reshares; 127 +1s; )Open 

Proud of NPS employees and scientists. Hold your heads high. Truth will win in the end.

Badlands media manager whoever you were , kudos to you. Come to visit me and I'll help you keep sharing the truth.

#NewDarkAge #TruthIsResistance

Proud of NPS employees and scientists. Hold your heads high. Truth will win in the end.

Badlands media manager whoever you were , kudos to you. Come to visit me and I'll help you keep sharing the truth.

#NewDarkAge #TruthIsResistance___

2017-01-25 22:13:21 (18 comments; 2 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

I can't believe that simply sharing science has become political resistance. These are dark times indeed.

#NewDarkAge


I can't believe that simply sharing science has become political resistance. These are dark times indeed.

#NewDarkAge
___

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2017-01-25 22:12:03 (15 comments; 10 reshares; 133 +1s; )Open 

Day 5 of the New Dark Ages

Before scientists at NASA are silenced. This is for the record http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

accurate reflection as of 25. Jan. 2017. For how long?


Day 5 of the New Dark Ages

Before scientists at NASA are silenced. This is for the record http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

accurate reflection as of 25. Jan. 2017. For how long?
___

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2017-01-21 07:19:49 (103 comments; 27 reshares; 606 +1s; )Open 

Lynx Hunting

Now this photo isn't as true to what I saw as the ones I normally post. Why not? Well, it was late in the day and in the shadows, so I had to adjust color temperatures and boost it quite a bit.

I couldn't see the directly see and photograph the intended prey as it was behind a wall and a tree but I'm pretty sure it was a bird and the lynx missed because a bird rocketed away.

Have a great #Caturday! I've got some work today but hopefully not too long. If all goes smoothly maybe only 2-3 hours tops. If not then it may be a long weekend.

Lynx Hunting

Now this photo isn't as true to what I saw as the ones I normally post. Why not? Well, it was late in the day and in the shadows, so I had to adjust color temperatures and boost it quite a bit.

I couldn't see the directly see and photograph the intended prey as it was behind a wall and a tree but I'm pretty sure it was a bird and the lynx missed because a bird rocketed away.

Have a great #Caturday! I've got some work today but hopefully not too long. If all goes smoothly maybe only 2-3 hours tops. If not then it may be a long weekend.___

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2017-01-18 08:10:23 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

#wordlessonwednesday  

#wordlessonwednesday  ___

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2017-01-17 21:46:11 (38 comments; 6 reshares; 114 +1s; )Open 

*STEAM"

I am excited by this addition to the classic STEM. In addition to Science Technology Engineering and Maths now we have Art in the mix. I heartily endorse the power of visuals to bring science to more people. If you are good at drawing it is a fantastic way to capture what you're seeing whether it be astronomy, biology, geology, mathematics or any number of other fields.

Bonus: this article has a DIY project suggestion.

h/t +Kate Stone and +GotScience.org 

*STEAM"

I am excited by this addition to the classic STEM. In addition to Science Technology Engineering and Maths now we have Art in the mix. I heartily endorse the power of visuals to bring science to more people. If you are good at drawing it is a fantastic way to capture what you're seeing whether it be astronomy, biology, geology, mathematics or any number of other fields.

Bonus: this article has a DIY project suggestion.

h/t +Kate Stone and +GotScience.org ___

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2017-01-16 07:03:59 (52 comments; 16 reshares; 357 +1s; )Open 

Mondays

The moose has a good life and knows it. Thus begins another week of work for me much to the amusement of my antlered friend.

Have a great Monday!

seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

Mondays

The moose has a good life and knows it. Thus begins another week of work for me much to the amusement of my antlered friend.

Have a great Monday!

seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark___

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2017-01-15 10:18:41 (41 comments; 8 reshares; 210 +1s; )Open 

Sunday Finest

This elegantly clad grey heron is out for a Sunday stroll through the fields.

Sunday Finest

This elegantly clad grey heron is out for a Sunday stroll through the fields.___

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2017-01-14 10:13:37 (89 comments; 27 reshares; 683 +1s; )Open 

It's That Day Again

It gets dark early here in the winter which is why this is not a bright photo of the lynx. I was still pleased to get it. I find it so intriguing how their ear tufts touch. I'm going to have to find some time to read about their function.

Happy #Caturday  !

It's That Day Again

It gets dark early here in the winter which is why this is not a bright photo of the lynx. I was still pleased to get it. I find it so intriguing how their ear tufts touch. I'm going to have to find some time to read about their function.

Happy #Caturday  !___

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2017-01-13 07:53:54 (49 comments; 18 reshares; 410 +1s; )Open 

Uhu

This is an "Eurasian Eagle-Owl" Bubo bubo. In German it has a simple name: Uhu. Normally I wouldn't see one in the daytime but this was at the Bad Mergentheim Wildpark so there were several Uhus in a large enclosure. To be honest I wouldn't see one at night either, but it would see me. They have great night vision and are virtually silent fliers.

I hesitated to publish another photo today for two reasons.

1. You've seen a lot of my photos from Bad Mergentheim (I went there 2x taking advantage of having time off from work and the weather)

2. there was an exciting announcement today about Red Seadragons. That's really more interesting than another photo of an owl. Here's the post introducing you to red seadragons: https://plus.google.com/+StevenSpence/posts/XqWKfPsWMjb

Uhu

This is an "Eurasian Eagle-Owl" Bubo bubo. In German it has a simple name: Uhu. Normally I wouldn't see one in the daytime but this was at the Bad Mergentheim Wildpark so there were several Uhus in a large enclosure. To be honest I wouldn't see one at night either, but it would see me. They have great night vision and are virtually silent fliers.

I hesitated to publish another photo today for two reasons.

1. You've seen a lot of my photos from Bad Mergentheim (I went there 2x taking advantage of having time off from work and the weather)

2. there was an exciting announcement today about Red Seadragons. That's really more interesting than another photo of an owl. Here's the post introducing you to red seadragons: https://plus.google.com/+StevenSpence/posts/XqWKfPsWMjb___

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2017-01-13 07:16:20 (29 comments; 11 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

Ruby Seadragon!

Researchers from Scripps Institute of Oceanography have discovered, described, and filmed a third species of seadragon. This one is a ruby seadragon. The two previously known seadragons are the leafy seadragon and the weedy seadragon. These are beautiful fish adapted to resemble seaweed. They are closely related to seahorses.

An article and video from Newsweek (it defaults to the European one for me so apologies if it doesn't work for you in another region)
http://europe.newsweek.com/bizarre-ruby-seadragon-filmed-wild-first-time-542142?rm=eu

Here's the open access scientific paper:
http://mbr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41200-016-0102-x

+GotScience.org +Jess Romaine +Kate Stone 

Ruby Seadragon!

Researchers from Scripps Institute of Oceanography have discovered, described, and filmed a third species of seadragon. This one is a ruby seadragon. The two previously known seadragons are the leafy seadragon and the weedy seadragon. These are beautiful fish adapted to resemble seaweed. They are closely related to seahorses.

An article and video from Newsweek (it defaults to the European one for me so apologies if it doesn't work for you in another region)
http://europe.newsweek.com/bizarre-ruby-seadragon-filmed-wild-first-time-542142?rm=eu

Here's the open access scientific paper:
http://mbr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41200-016-0102-x

+GotScience.org +Jess Romaine +Kate Stone ___

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2017-01-12 19:25:48 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 89 +1s; )Open 

We Leave a Lot of Trash Behind

It's amazing how much we leave behind wherever we go. Be it the ocean, Mt. Everest or even outer space we leave a lot of junk and debris. In space the debris can cripple a spacecraft or possibly kill a crew. Scientists are working on approaches to clean it up.

Will it clean up everything? Nope, but it is a start and could make an important difference in specific orbits.

We Leave a Lot of Trash Behind

It's amazing how much we leave behind wherever we go. Be it the ocean, Mt. Everest or even outer space we leave a lot of junk and debris. In space the debris can cripple a spacecraft or possibly kill a crew. Scientists are working on approaches to clean it up.

Will it clean up everything? Nope, but it is a start and could make an important difference in specific orbits.___

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2017-01-12 08:01:09 (80 comments; 11 reshares; 305 +1s; )Open 

Friends

I saw this pair of very handsome horses on a cold day.

Not a lot to say about the picture or the animals. I just liked the image.

+Aline van Wijk : I think you see this a lot more often than I do.

Friends

I saw this pair of very handsome horses on a cold day.

Not a lot to say about the picture or the animals. I just liked the image.

+Aline van Wijk : I think you see this a lot more often than I do.___

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2017-01-11 20:31:01 (31 comments; 2 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Beekeepers are ornery

The blue comes from Aluminium and acidity but you'll have to read the article to find out which flower and which region produces blue honey.

Something I had never heard of before.

___Beekeepers are ornery

The blue comes from Aluminium and acidity but you'll have to read the article to find out which flower and which region produces blue honey.

Something I had never heard of before.

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2017-01-11 20:16:49 (10 comments; 8 reshares; 105 +1s; )Open 

This might be the best picture of the year. Certainly worth remembering that for all our differences all of humanity is on this tiny blue dot in the vastness of space. (Carl Sagan said it better but I leave that as an exercise for the reader).

Utterly cool image of the Earth –Moon system taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Amazing. We are still - for an other week, at least (as I write this January 10) a mighty and scientific people.

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/242407-nasa-takes-photo-earth-mars___This might be the best picture of the year. Certainly worth remembering that for all our differences all of humanity is on this tiny blue dot in the vastness of space. (Carl Sagan said it better but I leave that as an exercise for the reader).

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2017-01-10 20:14:22 (45 comments; 11 reshares; 387 +1s; )Open 

Otter on Ice

She's a little intense. I'm not sure she enjoyed the ice. Normally otters are fairly playful and always cute.

To be honest I don't know if this is a female or a male otter.

I did manage to resist some bad puns. You can be proud of me.

Photo: seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

Otter on Ice

She's a little intense. I'm not sure she enjoyed the ice. Normally otters are fairly playful and always cute.

To be honest I don't know if this is a female or a male otter.

I did manage to resist some bad puns. You can be proud of me.

Photo: seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark___

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2017-01-09 22:20:45 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

+Kate Stone just released a book review about sex in the animal kingdom by Dr. Carin Bondar. It sounds truly fascinating!

+Kate Stone just released a book review about sex in the animal kingdom by Dr. Carin Bondar. It sounds truly fascinating!___

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2017-01-09 07:54:57 (73 comments; 12 reshares; 266 +1s; )Open 

It's Monday

Say "hello" to this Eurasian brown bear ( Ursus arctos arctos ). He looks a little sceptical about the coming week but that's normal on a Monday, isn't it?

Have a great start to the week!

seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

P.S. For those of you in North America these brown bears are closely related to the Grizzly bears and Kodiak bears you know. A Grizzly bear is known in Latin as Ursus arctos horribilis . A Kodiak bear has the scientific name of Ursus arctos middendorffi. As you can see all three are simply subspecies of Ursus arctos.

It's Monday

Say "hello" to this Eurasian brown bear ( Ursus arctos arctos ). He looks a little sceptical about the coming week but that's normal on a Monday, isn't it?

Have a great start to the week!

seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

P.S. For those of you in North America these brown bears are closely related to the Grizzly bears and Kodiak bears you know. A Grizzly bear is known in Latin as Ursus arctos horribilis . A Kodiak bear has the scientific name of Ursus arctos middendorffi. As you can see all three are simply subspecies of Ursus arctos.___

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2017-01-08 10:59:10 (31 comments; 8 reshares; 316 +1s; )Open 

Smug Looking Mouflon

European mouflon (Ovis orientalis musimon). He's looking pretty smug for some reason.

Have a great Sunday! I'm going to be lazy the rest of the day.

Smug Looking Mouflon

European mouflon (Ovis orientalis musimon). He's looking pretty smug for some reason.

Have a great Sunday! I'm going to be lazy the rest of the day.___

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2017-01-07 10:52:24 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

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It's Caturday

This is an European Wildcat ( Felis silvestris silvestris ). It may look like a domestic cat but there are some morphological differences (stoutness, size, coat). These wildcats can interbreed with domestic cats ( Felis catus ) although the house cat was probably domesticated in the ancient fertile crescent area (Tigris, Eurphrates, and Nile) and spread from there.

Our many house cat breeds may be a result of some mating with various wildcats in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Modern phylogenetics treats the domestic cat as a subspecies of the European wildcat and calls it Felis silvestris catus making the relationship clear.

There are several thousand of these wildcats in the Western part of Germany and populations are slowly increasing.

Additional information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_wildcat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phylogenetics

Photo
seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

#caturday #wildcat #cat #nature___reshare to Cat Collection

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2017-01-07 10:51:56 (43 comments; 24 reshares; 446 +1s; )Open 

It's Caturday

This is an European Wildcat ( Felis silvestris silvestris ). It may look like a domestic cat but there are some morphological differences (stoutness, size, coat). These wildcats can interbreed with domestic cats ( Felis catus ) although the house cat was probably domesticated in the ancient fertile crescent area (Tigris, Eurphrates, and Nile) and spread from there.

Our many house cat breeds may be a result of some mating with various wildcats in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Modern phylogenetics treats the domestic cat as a subspecies of the European wildcat and calls it Felis silvestris catus making the relationship clear.

There are several thousand of these wildcats in the Western part of Germany and populations are slowly increasing.

Additional information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_wildcat... more »

It's Caturday

This is an European Wildcat ( Felis silvestris silvestris ). It may look like a domestic cat but there are some morphological differences (stoutness, size, coat). These wildcats can interbreed with domestic cats ( Felis catus ) although the house cat was probably domesticated in the ancient fertile crescent area (Tigris, Eurphrates, and Nile) and spread from there.

Our many house cat breeds may be a result of some mating with various wildcats in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Modern phylogenetics treats the domestic cat as a subspecies of the European wildcat and calls it Felis silvestris catus making the relationship clear.

There are several thousand of these wildcats in the Western part of Germany and populations are slowly increasing.

Additional information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_wildcat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phylogenetics

Photo
seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

#caturday #wildcat #cat #nature___

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2017-01-06 08:07:57 (69 comments; 7 reshares; 341 +1s; )Open 

Beaver on ice

This beaver just crawled out of the water onto the ice and paused for a minute, which gave me a good chance to get a portrait. I like it when my models are so cooperative. The beaver's fur and oil protect them from the water and the cold.

I'm heading back again today because we do have some snow on the ground and a forecast for a sunny day. We may even make it as high as -7C today, which would be good so I can get by with a sweater! I hate all the bulk of a heavy jacket and gloves, which I would have to wear if it were much colder.

Saturday and Sunday will probably be grey skies and more snow. I'm lucky that today is a holiday in my state (Bundesland), so I can take advantage of the opportunity. Who knows how many chances I'll get? I can't afford to pass it up.

Have a great Friday!


seen at Bad Mergentheim... more »

Beaver on ice

This beaver just crawled out of the water onto the ice and paused for a minute, which gave me a good chance to get a portrait. I like it when my models are so cooperative. The beaver's fur and oil protect them from the water and the cold.

I'm heading back again today because we do have some snow on the ground and a forecast for a sunny day. We may even make it as high as -7C today, which would be good so I can get by with a sweater! I hate all the bulk of a heavy jacket and gloves, which I would have to wear if it were much colder.

Saturday and Sunday will probably be grey skies and more snow. I'm lucky that today is a holiday in my state (Bundesland), so I can take advantage of the opportunity. Who knows how many chances I'll get? I can't afford to pass it up.

Have a great Friday!


seen at Bad Mergentheim Wildpark

I can already imagine the comments bc one is very obvious.___

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